Believing is Seeing: reconciling Caravaggio’s ‘Supper at Emmaus’ paintings

Fleur Dorrell explores how Caravaggio uses symbol and revelation in his two paintings portraying the Supper at Emmaus.

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Fleur Dorrell reflects on two different paintings by Caravaggio which both portray the Supper at Emmaus story found in Luke’s Gospel. She explores ‘how Caravaggio uses symbol and revelation to reconcile art with reality and faith with salvation to open the disciples’ eyes to Christ’.

You can read her full article, first published in The Bible in Transmission – Autumn 2018, here:


Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus, 1601, National Gallery (NG172), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk